It’s no secret that the curly hair movement is picking up momentum. It seems like there are more and more women turning away from relaxed tresses and opting to embrace their natural hair texture. One of the leading natural beauty brands, Carol’s Daughter has recently launched transitioningmovement.com along with the Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit.

We recently caught up with the Carol’s Daughter founder and hair guru Lisa Price for her expert tips and advice about the transitioning process:

1. Learn your hair’s texture, so you can cater to its needs.

In the curly hair world, there are curl patterns and classifications that help people define their hair’s needs. Whether you agree with this system or not, Lisa Price said it’s important to know your hair’s texture to ensure that you’re properly caring for it. “I think they’re (curl patterns) important so that people can understand which product they need. Unfortunately, I’m not well-versed on it. I think some people need that kind of structure.”

2. Don’t forget to moisturize.

Washing and conditioning are pivotal for nourishing curly hair, but don’t skip out on moisture. “People were going straight from cleanse to a pudding or a gel and they weren’t putting moisture in their hair, then they’re wondering why its (their hair) so dry all of the time. Well, it’s because you’re not moisturizing. You’re shampooing and conditioning it and maybe you leave a little conditioner in, but you’re missing the moisturizer between.”

3. Choose the right shampoo.

A shampoo that lathers isn’t always the best option for your tresses, according to Lisa. “The basic philosophy is simple, perfect curls; cleanse, moisturize, style. It’s been my experience that people get the cleaning part right but what they might miss is they’re putting sulfates in their hair and don’t even know it because of the different shampoos, or they’re using something that has a lot of later even though it’s sulfate-free. They don’t really need the lather,” she said.

4. Embrace c-washing.

Cleansing your hair with conditioner is big in the curly hair community, but don’t completely ditch a good sulfate-free shampoo. “When we promoted Hair Milk, the first time we changed the packaging, I started to hear about co-washing maybe 3 years ago, and I remember hearing about all of these curly women not shampooing and just washing with conditioner,” Lisa said. “I started to do that and the only time I would use a shampoo was when we were developing a shampoo. I noticed my hair was fuller and didn’t lay as flat, so I wanted to incorporate that into Hair Milk. I don’t think that it works for everyone’s style because I feel like when you wear your hair straight, you do need to shampoo it just to get product buildup and for more movement.”

5. Remember… your hair won’t completely change overnight.

Transitioning is all about making the decision to go for this change. While it’s exciting and you sometimes get anxious to see results it takes time. “For years we went to the drugstore, we bought a box we put the product in our hair and our hair was permanently changed, so people had the same fear that if they bought the Transition 1-2-3 Kit their hair was going to change right away.” While the results of having clean, conditioned hair can be almost instantaneous, your curl pattern and growth will change over time (for some it may be faster than others). Either way, enjoy the journey and embrace your ‘do.

What are some tips you use for transitioning, Clutchettes?

-Margaret Francois


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